Blood Libel: On the Trail of An Antisemitic Myth

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies presents Magda Teter's lecture exploring how the medieval anti-Jewish lie about the story of Simon of Trent, a boy whose death during the Easter/Passover season in 1475 led to one of the most notorious persecutions of Jews in Europe and, as cited in 2019 by the shooter of the Poway synagogue, became rooted in Christian imagination to persist into the twenty first century US and lead to his horrific crime in California.